Wireless Access Points

Just wondering what it is better to mount the Access Points above the ceiling tiles or below it (upside down and outside the ceiling tiles) and what the difference is.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If they are ordinary fibrous ceiling tiles, you can mount the access point on top of the tile (inside the ceiling) and it should work just fine.
8055730Author Commented:
Thank you John.

What  is the reason for on top of the tile versus below? Cosmetic reason?

thank you!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That is up to you. Both locations (top of tile, under tile) will work. If you do not mind seeing the access point, mount it under where you can easily get at it. That is the only reason. With a good quality access point, both ways will work.
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8055730Author Commented:
Thank you John.
Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
you shoul also consider the elevation plane of AP - if it is built for ceiling mount or wall mount.
Craig BeckCommented:
Be careful if you mount above the tile. If the AP is sat on its mounting bracket on the tile (not screwed to the ceiling but actually sat on the tile) you'll be throwing signal into the ceiling and floor above rather than into the actual floor/room you want it in.
8055730Author Commented:
Hi Jakob and John,

Thank you for the image. So if I mount the AP above the ceiling tiles (inside and hidden), it should be mounted with the AP facing down (as show  in the Elevation plan picture that Jacob provided) so that the signal will be towards the users on the floor.  

So to clarify that John, it can be mounted above but need to point the AP facing down?

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You would need a bracket to arrange that. That would work. But it may be overall easier to mount it facing down on the ceiling Panel . But then that exposes it ( which is probably fine)
Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
not all APs have that elevation plan, some are designed for wall mount. Take a look at your APs.
you also should consider ceiling height. if this is more than 3meters - mount AP below ceiling tile.

and be aware of any metal constructions above ceiling

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you and good luck with your project.
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